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C/River Implements Categorisation of Ink Usage in Official Documents

In an effort to standardize official document signatures, the Cross River State Government has issued a circular categorizing ink usage for various government functionaries in the civil/public service. The circular, marked “HEAD OF SERVICE CIRCULAR NO. 1/2024,” was released by Dr. Innocent E. Eteng, the Head of Service for the state NEGROIDHAVEN has confirmed.

The circular, dated January 15, 2024, expressed concern over the indiscriminate use of ink colors in signing official documents by top government functionaries and civil/public servants. Dr. Eteng emphasized that such practices were deemed incorrect and unacceptable.

To address this issue, the categorization /classification of ink colors has been outlined as follows:

His Excellency, the Governor – Red

His Excellency, the Deputy Governor – Green

The Speaker, CRSHA – Red

His Lordship, the State Chief Judge – Green

Hon. Commissioners – Blue or Black

Secretary to the State Government – Green

Head of Service – Blue

Special Advisers – Blue

Chairmen of Commissions and Boards – Blue

Auditor-General – Green

Accountant-General – Blue

Internal Auditors – Brown

Others – Blue

The circular explicitly states that only His Excellency, the Governor, and the Speaker, CRSHA, have the exclusive right to use the Red ink for official communication.

Designated officers and heads of MDAs have been urged to adhere strictly to this categorization to prevent the misuse of ink in official documents within the Cross River State Civil/Public Service. The circular, effective from January 2024, aims to bring order and uniformity to the signing of official communications within the state.

For further inquiries, individuals are encouraged to contact the Head of Service office at the Governor’s Office, New Secretariat, P.M.B 1070, Calabar.

By Efiok-Ita Nyok, The NegroidHaven